More than 50 current and former student-athletes eligible to participate in commencement exercises
East Carolina Exits Championships, Finishes Season With 12-12 Record
Pirates Will Open League Women's Tennis Championships Thursday As No. 11 Seed
ECU Will Now Prepare For C-USA Tournament Action In Houston Next Week
Spartans Use Doubles Point, Four Singles Wins To Spoil Pirates' Senior Day
Fall 2012: Tallied victories in eight of 10 singles matches and teamed with fellow senior Danielle Terpko for a 5-6 doubles mark during fall tourney play ... Earned flight runner-up status at both the Davidson (2-1) and Charlotte (1-1) Invitationals before posting a combined 5-0 record at the Appalachian State and ECU Invitationals to finish first-semester action ... Defeated Rebecca Wood (N.C. Central), Kourtney Kowal (Coastal Carolina) and Jennifer Ansari (ASU) in straight sets in Boone to capture the Flight 2 title ... Downed Wood and Campbell's Ana Ortiz in similar fashion a week later in Greenville to add another flight championship ... Also won both doubles matches (with Terpko) at the ECU Invite.
2011-12: Turned in the program's second-highest singles win total (10-14) during spring dual match action ... Competed at every position except No. 6, contributing records of 2-4 (No. 1), 2-2 (No. 2), 3-1 (No. 3), 2-5 (No. 4) and 1-2 (No. 5) ... Bounced back after a slow start (0-3) by winning six of 10 matches from Feb. 10 until March 5, which included a season-best three-straight victories (Western Carolina, Campbell and UNC Asheville) ... Opened Conference USA Championship Tournament play with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 triumph against UAB's Menanteau Moolman to help ECU to a 4-3 first-round win ... Twenty-one of 24 matches were decided in two sets (was 2-1 in three-set battles) ... Along with Terpko, served as ECU's primary No. 1 doubles tandem (7-12) after opening the season with Natalie Collins (0-3) in first three matches ... Won six of eight overall matches in an abbreviated fall schedule, which included Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional competition ... Posted a 3-1 singles mark and a similar 3-1 record in doubles play.
2010-11: Registered ECU's second-highest singles winning percentage (.667) among all starters in the spring lineup as a sophomore ... Was 12-6 while playing five of six positions ... Experienced the most action at No. 5 (4-3), but also was penciled in at No. 2 (1-0), No. 3 (1-0), No. 4 (3-0) and No. 6 (3-3) throughout the campaign ... Opened season by winning six of the first seven matches (6-1) at the No. 4 and No. 6 slots ... Provided consistent play throughout the spring, never suffering a losing streak of more than two matches - which only occurred on one occasion ... Dropped both Conference USA regular season matches, falling to UCF's Courtney Griffith (5-7, 6-3, 6-4) and Marshall's Maria Voscekova (6-1, 7-6) ... Won only league tournament appearance by besting Zoe Lee of Southern Miss 6-2, 6-1 ... Was 8-2 in doubles action ... Primarily played with Jessica Cook at the No. 3 position (7-2), but also teamed with Audrey LePottier once (8-4 vs. Presbyterian) ... Suffered only regular season loss of season to UCF before rolling off five wins in a row heading into the C-USA Championship Tournament ... Matched the program's second-highest singles win total during individual fall tourney action with a 5-3 ledger ... Started the short season by capturing the first two outings at the College of Charleston Invitational ... Partnered with freshman Manon Bissat for a 3-4 doubles mark.
2009-10: Made an immediate impact on the Pirates' lineup as a freshman with an overall spring singles record of 14-11 ... The 25 matches played represented ECU's second-highest number of playing dates, trailing only LePottier's 26 ... Used primarily as the team's No. 5 entry (7-9), but also experienced action at No. 2 (1-0), No. 4 (3-0) and No. 6 (3-2) ... Enjoyed run of seven victories in a 10-match period from Feb. 20 until April 2 ... Was 13-6 in two-set affairs, but just 1-5 in six three-set battles ... Won opening match at the C-USA Championship Tournament, dismissing Houston's Elena Kazakova 6-2, 6-3 ... Was 13-10 in doubles action with three partners, but spent most of the spring with Petra Vogel as the No. 2 tandem in the lineup (11-9) ... Pair also captured its only match at the No. 3 slot ... Worked with Jessica Cook (1-0/April 6) and Natalie Collins (0-1/season opener Jan. 29) as well ... Rolled to eight victories in a nine-match span from March 9 until April 12 (7-1 with Vogel, 1-0 with Cook) ... Captured opening doubles matchup in C-USA Championship Tournament vs. Houston (April 22) ... One of only three players to post a triumph during fall tourney action ... Opened play at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships (Winston-Salem) by dispatching UNC Greensboro's Stephanie McFarlane (6-0, 6-3) before falling to North Carolina's Minzee Mabrey 6-1, 6-2 in an attempt to qualify for the main draw ... Teamed with Natalie Collins for one doubles appearance (0-1).
High School/Junior Tennis: Was a two-time state finalist and 2007 Virginia Group AAA singles champion during illustrious prep career at Westfield High School ... Enjoyed an impressive run through the post-season bracket as a sophomore ('07), collecting a sweep of the district, region and state titles while compiling an overall record of 24-0 ... Reached the state finals after earning Concorde District and Northern Region runner-up status as a freshman a year earlier ... A two-time All-Met selection by the Washington Post ... Also enjoyed success in United States Tennis Association (USTA) play, standing as the top-ranked player in Virginia, while holding a No. 8 rating in the Mid-Atlantic Region ... On a national level, was listed among the top 100(age bracket) and held a rank as high as No. 79 in February, 2008 ... Was selected to participate on the '08 USTA National Team and qualified for six national championship events during the course of the season.
Personal: Full Name is Yilian Zhang ... Born September 3, 1990 at Shanghai, China ... Daughter of Tao Zhang and Sarah Zhou ... Major is accounting ... Work in classroom was recognized with ECU Honor Roll inclusion for the spring and fall semesters (of 2011) ... Hobbies include shopping.